The Convict's Opera

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Nick Hern, 2008 - Drama - 102 pages

Stephen Jeffreys' The Convict's Opera reimagines the world's first ever musical, The Beggar's Opera, as a performance on board a creaking convict ship bound for Australia.

To pass the time on their journey to Australia, the convicts put on John Gay's musical satire, The Beggar's Opera, introducing us to treacherous highwayman MacHeath and sweet Polly Peachum as they juggle love and deceit in the dirty underbelly of eighteenth-century London. It's a world the convicts have left far behind, and will probably never see again.

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About the author (2008)

Stephen Jeffreys won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award in 1989 for Valued Friends . Since then his plays have included The Clink (1999), The Libertine (1994), which was first directed by Max Stafford-Clark and then filmed with Johnny Depp, and Lost Land (2005), which was premiered by John Malkovich’s Steppenwolf company in Chicago. Stephen lives in Hornsey, North London.

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